Something funny happened on the way to episode 7: Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
We open Episode 5 on Ford, doing what he was doing when we first met him in the premiere: having a chat with Old Bill in the sub-basement. He’s telling the old dog a story about an old dog—a racing greyhound who, one day, finally caught what he was chasing and didn’t know what to do […]
Why do Westworld hosts have to be unclothed when they’re being worked on by park staff? Back in episode 1, I thought the answer had to do with HBO’s love of naked flesh, and I still think that’s a big part of it, but it may also have significance beyond simple audience titillation. Stripping the hosts […]
“Are you real?” The question is asked by William (Jimmi Simpson), a new guest to Westworld, to the host who takes him through orientation. In context, he’s simply asking whether his current host is human or robot, but the question has a deeper meaning as well: are the hosts themselves “real” in any meaningful sense? I’m […]
The premiere of HBO’s big new drama shows promise—and more than a few problems.